Study Levels & Entry Requirements
If you want to gain a qualification that is recognised across the UK, but don’t feel ready for GCSEs or other qualifications, this could be the starting point for you. These courses are suitable if you have additional needs, learning disabilities or difficulties.
These courses are designed to give you a basic understanding of your chosen subject area as well as teach you practical skills. They will give you a qualification equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grades 3-1 or D-G.
These courses are designed to build knowledge and skills for jobs requiring technical understanding. They will give you a qualification equivalent of 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C. Successful students could expect to enter work in their chosen field or progress to Level 3 Diplomas to gain higher training for supervisory roles.
These programmes are suited to those who enjoy a practical learning style or if you are a mature learner looking for a career change.
These two-year Diplomas are advanced courses that develop higher technical skills and detailed understanding and knowledge about a specific subject area. Extended Diplomas provide an alternative entry route to University and are the equivalent to 3 A-Levels.
Apprenticeships are real jobs with training which allow you to earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification. All Apprenticeships take a minimum of one year to complete but can take up to two years if necessary. Intermediate Apprenticeships offer a Level 2 qualification, which is the equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or A*-C. Advanced Apprenticeships offer a Level 3 qualification which is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. Higher Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to gain a full Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6) or Master’s Degree (Level 7).
You will need 48 UCAS points, or P,P,P on a Level 3, 1080 credit Technical course, or a M, P from a 720 credit course.
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